Hi fellow Doricians!
I’m currently in the middle of a big project which consists of five pieces for piano solo, orchestra, ethnic instruments, synth and sound effects. I’ve been working with a friend of mine who has a little studio to prepare a demo of the work (in fact, it started with the idea of recording my piano improvisations and then building something around them). So, I have a pretty decent demo of a couple of the works as of now.
The project has caught the attention of a fairly well-known record label in the UK and things look promising, so I’m preparing score and parts with the idea of recording in the near future and performing in the not-so-near future. I was happily going along with the piano and orchestral parts, which are all fine. But then I got to the synth and sound effects which is where I’m stuck at the moment and where I’d love to have your help and input.
As far as the synths, there’s a different number of effects, but I have no clue how to notate them or how to get those specific sounds (which are now in Cubase) into an actual synth/keyboard. In a recording do you record the synth playing those or do you have to send the recording engineer the sounds and he inputs those in himself?
Then, for the sound effects, I’ve selected and prepared a number of different water, rain, thunder, birds, and other random nature sounds, which I very specifically want in very specific spots. How should I notate that in the score? How should that be recorded? Is this something that the synth player also activates through his keyboard or is there a completely different person in a sound booth doing that job? Or something else entirely?
Anyways, I hope it’s less confusing for you than it is for me